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Caveman the Wise “Harold of the Moon”

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Back in 2009 Vic French connected with Jota Ese in Macomb, Illinois, where the two musicians eventually hooked up for a jazz project with French on sax and Ese on bass. From there a relationship with Ese’s Day Old Records was born, which is where French (now recording as Caveman the Wise) released his first […]

Alcoholic Musings

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“Alcoholics Anonymous” has played a comedic role in my life for ages; the brunt of a joke between friends who, by no stretch of the imagination, are all variants of the term’s textbook definition. For instance, in college we got drunk (drunk!) before putting on our workout gear and hitting the gym for an intramural […]

D. Watusi “Brother & Sister”

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New music from Nashville’s D. Watusi has been circulating for a minute, but among the ten new songs on Dark Party is the standout you best not overlook: “Brother & Sister.” Side one, track two kicks off with waves of slicing repetition, shrieking howls, and bluesy breakdowns before ripping into a spurt of majestic shredding […]

Mr. Ahmad Rashad & Squikee “Play ‘Em Off” Video

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A boomin’ granny rocking a gift-shop visor and a camera around her neck while keeping up with the locals down in Printer’s Alley: If for no other reason, that should be enough to encourage you to check out the new King Thai-directed video for Mr. Ahmad Rashad & Squikee’s “Play ‘Em Off.” The single, produced […]

Dee Goodz “Look What I Came From”

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With a first look at the forthcoming Donny Ca$h project dropping about a week back in the form of the Grady-produced “What’s On Your Mind,” Nashville’s Dee Goodz is keeping the momentum going with another “inspirational anthem” in the form of “Look What I Came From.” Sampling Lana Del Rey’s “Off to the Races,” the […]

Rashad tha Poet “H.O.P.E.”

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“H.O.P.E.,” the first single from Rashad tha Poet’s forthcoming Hope Lives Here EP, finds its pace while relaxing on a calm flow as the Nashville MC seeks relief in what he calls “a brighter side.” Borrowing the beat from Oddisee‘s “Beach Dr.” (from the Brooklyn-based MC and producer’s Rock Creek Park release), the song represents […]

B-Hoody “Gwopaneese” Video

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The video for B-Hoody’s “Gwopaneese” isn’t necessarily formulaic, but bathing in smoke with a room full of pseudo-punk white girls isn’t exactly groundbreaking art either. That said, the black and white visuals do complement the laid back feel of the Bandplay-produced track (from this year’s Properly Preserved mixtape), and have since come to represent something […]

You Gotta Go Away to Come Back

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The first of three parts in Louie‘s “Late Show” arc left off with Louie deciding whether or not he would risk becoming a success, and accept a tentative opportunity to stand as an option in the search for a replacement host of The Late Show. The second part opens with Louie and his ex-wife Janet […]

Strangers on a Bus

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Last week a friend and I boarded a bus together. I swiped my pass while she followed, riding out to the next stop as she worked her way through the tedious process of depositing a handful of change to pay the fare. When she sat down next to me another passenger called from a few […]

Finding Success in Less

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Saying that something has a “cult following” is as vague as saying that something is “successful.” Both exist on a sliding scale, and while neither means much on their own, both are desirable. At times the difference between the two is non-existent, at others it’s worlds apart. Neither Office Space and Idiocracy “succeeded” at the […]

On Fiona Apple’s “Idler Wheel”

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Fiona Apple. For years the singer’s name alone has summoned a myriad of images and memories in the minds of music fans and pop culture enthusiasts alike. Her youth, bolstered by her musical and lyrical strength, made for an easy introduction to the mainstream in the ’90s, landing her deep in the midst of a […]

Uncrossing My Wires

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An enduring idea that’s been crippling me recently is that I should be acting to serve some vague goal I have in my mind, assessing everything I do in order to figure out if it’s truly helping me achieve some larger purpose. You know, convoluted adult stuff. The problem is that I’m constantly getting my […]

Squikee feat. Bill Breeze “I’m Really Hot”

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As far as blends go, “femcee” is an odd one, if only that it remotely suggests that females can’t simply be emcees, but that they need to be relegated to a category of their own. But more than a catchy label, Gerrick D. Kennedy of the L.A. Times calls the femcee branding a movement of […]

Web as Foie Gras

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In “The Amazon Doctrine” Michael Heilemann compares how easy it is to trust a brand relative to how profit-focused, or “driven by business reasoning,” they are when dealing with customers. “When did Amazon last make a move that screwed you over as a customer in the name of profit,” he asks, before shooting down Twitter […]

Kurtis Stanley “Ghost Protocol”

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Keeping momentum alive with a second consecutive track produced by Las Vegas’ Clint Partie (aka Clinstrumentals), Gummy Soul’s Kurtis Stanley returns with another brass-blasting-banger in “Ghost Protocol.” Unlike the sax-happy “Airplane Mode” however, the new track goes in a completely different direction, with triumphant sounding horns projecting determination right out of the gate. “There’s just […]

Classic Williams & Nephew “re(FLEX)tions” EP

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In terms of the Nashville music scene, Murfreesboro’s Classic Williams is an original. His aim has historically focused on a musical arm of rap that’s hardly “southern,” with his songs typically club and electronic inspired rather than street-flavored. If you’re keeping up with locals on Twitter, chances are you know Williams as an obnoxious and […]

Louie and the Risk of Becoming a Success

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Talk about learning to cope with randomness! In the first of Louie‘s three part “Late Show” arc, Louie crushes as a guest on The Tonight Show, only to be invited to a secretive meeting with a CBS executive (masterfully played by Garry Marshall), before quickly learning that David Letterman is retiring, and that they want […]

Truth Clipsy feat. PM “Fly Away”

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With an assist on production from Woozy Collins comes the latest track from Nashville’s Truth Clipsy. The initially strong thud of the beat is quickly calmed, complemented nicely by the refreshing vocals from PM (who most recently jumped on “Can’t Stop” with Bill Breeze), leaving Clipsy free to weave in and out of the chorus, […]

Demand Better Curation

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“I’m really scared for my generation, you know. The thing that scares me most is Tumblr. I hate what Tumblr has become… Instead of kids going out and making their own moments, they’re just taking these images and living vicariously through other people’s moments. It just kills me. Then you’ll meet them and they’re just […]

Kellen “Time of Your Lyfe”

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As the story goes, one night a few friends were sitting around relaxing while the instrumental version of “Feel So Close” began to fill the air. Not realizing who produced the track, Nashville vocalist Kellen asked who was behind it — only to find out that the friend who was playing it had planned on […]

Stock More of What’s Selling

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What are the shelves of your store stocked with? Are you recognizing what sells and what doesn’t? Are you paying attention to the items that no one’s buying? Are you increasing inventory of what is selling? Are you helping your business succeed? Life is like an emotional retail store. We have to constantly run inventory, […]

Being Lucky or Being Given

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“Lucky and given. Those are two very very dangerous words for a comedian because those two words can put you to sleep. Especially once you get a taste of both: of being lucky, and being given. Because the days of luck and being given are about to end. They’re about to go away — not […]

Potent Platitudes

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No matter how obnoxious they can be, well-timed maxims can still deliver insight with great effect. Over the past two weeks thoughts have come and gone surrounding a number of ideas, but one particular thread has woven itself through each: The necessity to make today count. Yesterday’s hard work helps build momentum, but without clarity […]

Titus Jones “Dance Alarm” Video

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It’s rare that I can get excited for a dance album — there’s always an exception to the rule though, and today has provided a rather notable one in the form of new music from Nashville producer Titus Jones. “Dance Alarm” is a pulsating mega-mash that combines Nicki Minaj, Avicii, Owl City & Carly Rae […]

Amerigo Gazaway “Bizarre Tribe: A Quest to The Pharcyde”

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Blending the sounds of De La Soul with Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, last year’s Fela Soul mashup EP broke through to the mainstream where it was co-signed by the likes of MTV’s Hive, The Source and Okayplayer… not to mention NPR’s Bruce Warren who called it one of the best Bandcamp releases of the entire year. […]

The Invisible Carrot

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Success can have a variety of meanings depending on the individual defining it. In general though, many feel like we’ll never be “successful” — not because of our personal definitions, or lack thereof, but because of how inflexible our definitions are. There isn’t too much in my life right now that I can do where […]

Derek Minor “PSA Volume 3”

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“I am entering a new chapter in my career,” revealed Derek Minor in a recent blog post, explaining his decision to shed his PRo moniker. “This new chapter includes a new direction, and new goals.” The first major act under his new name has arrived in the form of the third installment in his PSA […]

A Big Sky State of Mind

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“Imaginary flirtations with the second amazing waitress of the day float through my mind as we drive home for the night, a bleak country-sized horizon lit up by the high-beams. I feel lucky.” Today a friend told me that it seemed like I “had just totally thrown [my] hands in the air” when we met […]

Truth Clipsy “Live Forever”

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Recently releasing The Very Ink… EP with producer JOTA ESE, Nashville’s Truth Clipsy is back with another determined offering in the form of his new track “Live Forever.” Lyrically, the song takes aim at modern rap standards, following an aging character’s development of self awareness as he makes the transition from “thinking that he will […]

P.A. Lit “Birth of a Wave”

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What does “Birth of a Wave” mean? To Nashville’s P.A. Lit the four words represent a youthful uprising amid the city’s broad musical landscape. “It’s the coming of the new youth,” he said via email. And through his new album the theme remains strong: ten tracks bonded together by a collective focus on the future. […]

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